TSA Agents Pull 'Suspicious' Item From Suitcase 'Which Could Have Resulted in a Tragic Outcome'

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By 1010 WINS

A TSA explosives expert at JFK Airport in New York City prevented a possible mid-air disaster, after TSA officers spotted an "unusual suspicious item" inside a traveler’s carry-on bag earlier this month "that could have resulted in a tragic outcome had the item been carried onto an aircraft," the federal agency said Wednesday.

The bag was pulled and searched, and the item was determined to be "two large electronics wired to what appeared to be a tampered power source," the TSA said in a press release.

"It was deemed that the power component was hazardous because the passenger had tampered with and exposed multiple lithium batteries, which created a possible explosive device," read the release.